Making a box out of a board game

Closed boxI had read mention of using the playing boards from board games as boxes on the Readymade forums but couldn’t find any examples online.

I went to the game closet and pulled out a duplicate board game – Clue. I cut a piece of cardboard the same size as the playing board and made a prototype. Using just a few common supplies i was able to make a nifty novelty box. I have a few more ideas for styles for boxes.

  1. Cutting board
  2. Square
  3. Razor knife
  4. Cardboard
  5. Sharpie marker
  6. Wood glue
  7. Binder clips, spring clips, or some sort of clamps


After making a prototype out of cardboard i found this formula works for calculating where to cut and fold. Measure from the fold in the board to the edge. Divide that number in half. Use the result to cut or score the back side of the game board making two squares stacked on top of each other along both edges of one side of the board. Cut in between the squares and along the fold for that same distance. Score the lines between the fold and the edge (my dashed line above). Use the square to help make a clean fold by placing it along the opposite side of the length of the scored lines. Glue and clamp the pieces together to form the sides.

On the other half of the board just repeat the steps. The only change that should be made is to make the side panels slightly shorter (about a quarter inch should be right) so that this side fits around the outside of the sides. If you make a cardboard prototype you’ll see the need.

Boardgame box

Open Boardgame box

There are a few other ways to cut the board to make a box.  The next one i will try will have a separate top and bottom where the top fits over the bottom of the box.  This will require two of the games but since they run about 50 cents at the thrift store it shouldn’t be too tough to find some supplies.

zieak (2207 Posts)

Ryan "Zieak" McFarland dabbles. Beards. Making things. Travel. Genealogy. Frugality and excessiveness. Fitness and fatness. He's a PE teacher in India, usually calls Alaska home and is a happy father to two boys and the husband to a suddenly crafty wife.

6 thoughts on “Making a box out of a board game”

  1. Have you done the project yet where you use two game boards to make a box? If so, I’d love to see the blog on it.

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